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Northwest Faerûn, generally referred to as the North or even the Savage North,[3] was a region of Faerûn full of untamed wilderness, wracked with difficult winter weather, and home of many hardy folks and fearsome beasts. In spite of this reputation, the North was home to two of the greatest cities in all of Faerûn: Neverwinter, Jewel of the North, and Waterdeep, the City of Splendors.[1][4]

The inhabitants of areas further south, in West Faerûn, described this area in condescension as "the Savage North," which was a reference to the Savage Frontier and a time when its inhabitants were less civilized.[3]

RegionsEdit

The FrozenfarEdit

Main article: Frozenfar

This region encompassed the lands north of the Spine of the World mountains, including the coastal region of the Cold Run, Icewind Dale and its Ten Towns, and the bergs of Ice Peak and Sea of Moving Ice. While it was sparsely populated, it was also the preferred home of hale frontiersman, desperate runaways and fierce barbarians.[5]

Spine of the World: While these wide-reaching mountains comprised a significant part of the Frozenfar, they extended far east beyond its borders, to the Ice Spires in the Silver Marches.[6]

High ForestEdit

Main article: High Forest

This vast, densely-forested region was located just a bit ways west of the Anauroch desert. These woodlands were home to elves, centaurs, satyrs, wild creatures and many mysteries.[1] At its southern heart were the towering Star Mounts, and the Unicorn Run which flowed from within.[7]

Savage FrontierEdit

Main article: Savage Frontier

The great untamed lands that attracted outdoorsmen and pioneers alike encompassed the Fallen Lands in the east;[8] the Delimbiyr Vale,[9] that stretched along the eastern and southern borders of the High Forest; and the Dessarin Valley, that rest along its western trees. It included the great River Dessarin, and the great many frontier settlements that popped up in the fertile lands that surrounded.[10][6]

Silver MarchesEdit

Main article: Silver Marches

This confederation, formerly known as Luruar,[citation needed] was formed from a defensive alliance of humans, elves, and dwarves in the mountainous area to the north of the High Forest. At its center was the city of Silverymoon, a place of learning and magic.[11] It also included the cities of Sundabar,[12] Everlund, Mithral Hall, Citadel Adbar,[13] and the drow city of Menzoberranzan, within the Underdark.[14]

Sword Coast NorthEdit

Main article: Sword Coast North

The wild coast north of Waterdeep contained the cities of Luskan and Neverwinter, as well as the dangerous Mere of Dead Men, small mountainous ranges, and the enchanted Neverwinter Woods.[15] The Trade Way road ran along the length of the coast from Luskan to far south of Waterdeep. This barely tamed-region was protected by a partnership of the northern cities and towns known as the Lords' Alliance.[16]

Utter NorthEdit

Main article: Uttermost North

While this vast expanse continued well beyond northwest Faerûn,[8] the icy wastes north of the Spine of the World comprised the western section of the Endless Ice Sea,[17] the unexplored Reghed Glacier,[2][18] and the Valley of Khedrun, along with a few scattered landmarks.[19]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 165. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 74. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ed Greenwood and Steven E. Schend (July 1994). “Campaign Guide”. City of Splendors (TSR, Inc), p. 25. ISBN 0-5607-6868-1.
  4. Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 4. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  5. Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 39. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 169. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 166. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 62. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  9. Ed Greenwood (1993). Volo's Guide to the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 189. ISBN 1-5607-6678-6.
  10. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 168. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  11. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 171. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  12. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 173. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  13. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 172. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  14. Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 57. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  15. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  16. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 275. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  17. Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 43. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  18. R.A. Salvatore, Jeffrey Ludwig, Matthew Sernett, James Wyatt (November 19, 2013). “Campaign Book”. Legacy of the Crystal Shard (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7869-6464-2.
  19. Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
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